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Re: How did the summary attribute become part of HTML 4.0?

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2009 17:42:31 -0700
Cc: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <84758E8C-4E35-4119-BF06-DEDE3A50EF86@apple.com>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>

On Aug 7, 2009, at 2:16 AM, Henri Sivonen wrote:

> On Aug 7, 2009, at 11:38, Steven Faulkner wrote:
>
>> For people who have member access there is more info here and  
>> discussion:
>>
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-hc/1997OctDec/0025.html
>
> Thanks. This one I hadn't found myself. The message has been sent  
> after summary was already in a draft, though.
>
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-html-wg/1997OctDec/0077.html
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-html-wg/1997OctDec/0088.html
>
> These I had found, but they are comments *after* summary had already  
> been put into a draft.

If anyone has direct recollection of the decision or can find other  
directly relevant emails, that would be useful data. Likewise if  
anyone knows about any usability studies that WAI may have done in the  
course of creating WCAG or WCAG2, and whether they address this topic.

Some tentative thoughts based on the data presented so far:

1) We should make sure, for the sake of future generations, that  
decisions relating to HTML5 are well-documented in the public record.

2) Perhaps <table title=""> could be suggested as a possible table  
description technique. The issue with being limited to one line has  
been fixed in modern browsers.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Saturday, 8 August 2009 00:43:18 UTC

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